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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 237-239

Awareness and practices in relation to malaria in a tribal area in Kamrup district, Assam


Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KBNIMS, Rouza-B, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India

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Purabi Phukan
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KBNIMS, Rouza-B, Gulbarga, Karnataka
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Morbidity and mortality due to malaria largely affects the tribal population in malaria endemic areas who are having poor knowledge regarding the disease. A community based cross sectional study was carried out among 150 tribal respondents in a tribal area of Kamrup, Assam with the objective to find out the awareness and practices among the tribal communities. Results revealed that they were aware about malaria symptoms (97.3%), treatment (94%), methods of prevention (88%) and diagnosis (68%). Most respondents did not avail government health services or DDT spray. Even with a satisfactory knowledge some misconceptions persisted.


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